List of Nursing Colleges in South Africa By Province

Professional nursing holds a unique place in the South African health care system. Beyond the hospital walls, nurses in the country provide primary health care services, counseling, health care education, and health advice to the public. There are several nursing colleges in South Africa where nurses are trained to work both independently and collaboratively with other health care professionals.

Presently, there is a proliferation of nursing training institutions in the country which is consisered favorable following the global health concerns ravaging many nations since the outbreak of the corona virus. The pandemic created by this disease has caused a shortage in medical personnel in the country, including nurses, thus, eligible candidates are encouraged to go for nursing courses in any of the accredited institutions in the country. Graduates from these institutions are certified fit and eligible to seek work as trained nurses. We rounded up all the nursing colleges in different provinces in South Africa with hints on how much it might cost you to study nursing in the country.

South Africa Is Home To Several Reputable Nursing Colleges

Formal nursing training has been in existence in South Africa as far back as 1877 during the time of the respected Anglican Sister, Henrietta Stockdale. Religious institutions for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries were at the center of nursing education but things have changed a bit in the 21st century. Now, nursing education in South Africa is now being mostly taught and drafted by institutions of different standards and sizes. This has helped the noble profession to grow by making the courses available for interested individuals, irrespective of their location.

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To make things easier, nursing schools are scattered in different provinces in South Africa and they churn out quality graduates every academic year. Some of these nursing institutions are owned by private entities or individuals while others are owned by the state. There are several nursing colleges and schools of nursing in the country. Virtually every province in South Africa is home to at least one center of nursing education.

Nursing is dominated by women – a trend most people still see as the extension of women’s domestic labor. That notwithstanding, the male folks are also not missing out entirely, especially at this age that nurses are in high demand across the world.

There are several reasons nursing colleges are scattered across South Africa and the world at large. The shortage of professional nurses, support from both government and other sources, growth of nursing courses, advanced nursing training, and many more reasons are basically why nursing colleges are common these days. Above all, the nursing profession has proven to be a very lucrative one which is a good reason to pursue a profession.

Some Of The Requirements To Meet To Become A Nurse In South Africa

Most people often find it difficult to wrap their heads around the differences between the requirements to become a nurse and the requirements to study nursing in South Africa. We’ll put you through on this if you belong to this class.

To become a registered nurse in South Africa, first, you must enroll at a credited nursing school by the SA Nursing Council. Once you complete your studies, you can go ahead to do the following:

  • Complete a year of mandatory community service. This is mandatory for new nurses and must be done before you join others in the workforce.
  • Your school is expected to send a Certificate of Completion to the SANC after your graduation.
  • Once it is done, you can go ahead to register with the SA Nursing Council. They would be needing some documents during registration. These documents include:

a. Prescribed registration fees

b. Certificate of good character and standing Proof of your qualifications

c. Proof of identity

d. Further reports and information concerning your application (if needed by the registrar)

  • Finally, you would have to take the SANC-administered nursing exam that matches your desired qualification. Once you are successful, you would become a nurse in South Africa.

All The Nursing Colleges In South Africa In Their Different Provinces

South Africa boasts numerous nursing institutions that are spread across provinces in the country. A larger number of these institutions are concentrated in some provinces, which makes it easier for prospective learners in such regions to comfortably choose from the long list of nursing schools close to them.

You don’t need to travel to other provinces to enroll in a nursing school if you are in South Africa because there is always one nearest to you. Here are all the colleges and schools of nursing you can find in South Africa.

Nursing Colleges In Limpopo Province

Nursing Colleges

  • Limpopo College of Nursing

Nursing Schools

  • Seshego Hospital Nursing School
  • Dilokong Hospital Nursing School
  • Siloam Hospital Nursing School
  • Voortrekker Hospital Nursing School
  • Malamulele Hospital Nursing School
  • Elim Hospital Nursing School
  • Dr Machupe Mphahlele Memorial Nursing School
  • Maphutha Malatji Hospital Nursing School
  • St Rita’s Hospital Nursing School
  • DS W F Knobel Hospital Nursing School
  • Tshilidzini Hospital Nursing School
  • Jane Furse Hospital Nursing School
  • Sekororo Hospital Nursing School
  • Letaba Hospital Nursing School
  • Warmbath Hospital Nursing School

Nursing Colleges In North West Province 

Nursing Colleges

  • Mmabatho Nursing College
  • Excelsius Nursing College

Nursing Schools

  • Thusong Hospital Nursing School
  • Moses Kotane Nursing School
  • Witrand Hospital Nursing School
  • Taung Community Hospital Nursing School

Nursing Colleges In Free State Province 

  • Military Hospital (SAMHS) Nursing School
  • Dihlabeng Regional Hospital Nursing School
  • Boitumelo Hospital Nursing School
  • Metsimaholo District Hospital Nursing School
  • Free State School of Nursing College
  • Dr J S Moroka Community Hospital Nursing School
  • Bongani Regional Hospital Nursing School
  • Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Region Hospital Nursing School

List Of Nursing Colleges In KwaZulu-Natal Province 

Nursing Colleges

  • KwaZulu -Natal College of Nursing

Nursing Schools

  • Mosvold Hospital Nursing School
  • Church of Scotland Hospital Nursing School
  • Nkonjeni Hospital Nursing School
  • Manguzi Hospital Nursing School
  • Bethesda Hospital Nursing School
  • Nkandla Hospital Nursing School
  • Ceza Hospital Nursing School
  • St Aidans Hospital Nursing School
  • Eshowe Hospital Nursing School
  • Mseleni Hospital Nursing School
  • Hlabisa Hospital Nursing School
  • Mbongolwane Hospital Nursing School
  • Rietvlei Hospital Nursing School

List Of Nursing Colleges In Western Cape Province 

Nursing Colleges

  • Western Cape College of Nursing

Nursing Schools 

  • Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre
  • George Hospital Nursing School
  • South African Nursing Council
  • Beaufort West Hospital Nursing School
  • Tygerberg Academic Hospital Nursing School
  • Groote Schuur Hospital Nursing School
  • Worcester Nursing School

List Of Nursing Colleges In Mpumalanga Province

Nursing Colleges 

  • Mpumalanga College of Nursing

Nursing Schools 

  • Rob Ferreira Hospital Nursing School
  • Bethal Hospital Nursing School
  • Evander Hospital Nursing School
  • Piet Retief Hospital Nursing School
  • Witbank Hospital Nursing School
  • Tintswalo Hospital Nursing School
  • Ermelo Hospital Nursing School

List Of Nursing Colleges In Northern Cape Province

  • Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College

List Of Nursing Colleges In Eastern Cape Province

Nursing College

  • Lilitha College of Nursing (Main Campus)

Nursing School

  • Madwaleni Hospital Nursing School
  • St Lucy’s Hospital Nursing School
  • Butterworth Hospital Nursing School
  • Dora Nginza Hospital Nursing School
  • Umlamli /Empilisweni Complex Nursing School
  • Nompumelelo Hospital Nursing School
  • All Saints Hospital Nursing School
  • Midlands Hospital Nursing School
  • St Barnabas Hospital Nursing School
  • Andries Vosloo Hospital Nursing School
  • Fort Beaufort Hospital Nursing School
  • Dr Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital Nursing School
  • St Patrick’s Hospital Nursing School
  • Glen Grey Hospital Nursing School
  • Settler’s Hospital Nursing School
  • Madzikane KaZulu Memorial Hospital Nursing School
  • Nessie Knight Hospital Nursing School
  • Victoria Hospital Nursing School

List Of Nursing Colleges In Gauteng Province

  • S G Lourens Nursing College
  • Ann Latsky Nursing College
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College

List Of Private Nursing Institutions In South Africa

The truth remains that most people would choose private academic institutions over state-owned institutions any time any day for various reasons. Sometimes, people also end up in private nursing schools after failed attempts to make it to federal or state-owned nursing schools. Apparently, gaining admission into private institutions is easier.

If for any reason you are searching for any private nursing school to further your education, here’s a list of private institutions in different provinces where you can study nursing.

Gauteng Province

  • Letjhabile-Libalele Nursing School
  • ESDA Nursing Education Institute
  • Hospice Association of Wits Centre
  • Future Nurses Nursing School
  • Netcare Education (Gauteng North East)
  • Medi-Clinic Learning Centre Northern Region
  • Arwyp Medical Centre
  • Clinix Health Academy
  • Empilweni Education
  • Pfundzo-Ndenzhe Nursing School
  • Rhema Christian Services Foundation
  • Ring-Mash Nursing School
  • Netcare Education (Gauteng South West)
  • GEM Auxiliary Nursing School
  • Ukwazi School of Nursing (Florida)
  • Healthnicon School
  • Ithemba Nursing Academy
  • Khanyisa Nursing School
  • Life College – West Rand Learning
  • Life College- East Rand Learning Centre
  • Silindokuhle Nursing School
  • Life College – Pretoria Learning Centre
  • Lillian Spengane Memorial Nursing School
  • SAVF Susan Strydom Nursing School
  • Lunghile Nursing School
  • Medi-Clinic Ltd Learning Centre Tshwane Region
  • Nicole Nursing School
  • Thuto Bophelo Nursing School
  • Tswelopele Nursing School

Free State Province 

  • Life College Learning (Bloemfontein)
  • Khanyisa Nursing School (Kroonstad Sub-Campus)
  • Letjhabile-Libalele Nursing School (Kroonstad Sub-Campus)
  • Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic

North West Province

  • Ukwazi Nursing School – Potchefstroom Sub-Campus
  • Amplats Medical Services
  • Gold Fields Nursing College
  • Caerus Nursing School
  • Keobakile Nursing School

Mpumalanga Province

  • Nelspruit Medi-Clinic
  • Khanyisa Nursing School – Witbank Sub-Campus
  • Africa School of Missions
  • Life College – Midmed Learning Centre
  • Khanyisa Nursing School –Bushbuckridge Sub-Campus

Limpopo Province 

  • Far North Nursing School

Western Cape Province 

  • Emmanuel Nursing School
  • Healthnicon – Bellville Sub-Campus
  • Helderberg Training Society Rensburg
  • Ikusasa Lethu Nursing School
  • Life College – Cape Town Learning Centre
  • Life College of Learning – Bay view Learning Centre
  • Michaelmas College: Kuilsriver Sub-Campus Mthembu
  • Medi-Clinic Learning Centre (Tygervalley)
  • Netcare Education – Cape Town
  • New Hope Nursing School
  • Robin Trust Nursing School
  • Sarepta AFM Old Age Home

KwaZulu-Natal Province


  • Cato Manor Technical College
  • Life College – KZN Learning Centre
  • Thembelani Further Education and Training College

Nursing school

  • ABH Nursing School
  • Academy of Nursing Education and Healthcare Training
  • Chatsmed Candlelight Nursing School –Durban Campus
  • Chatsmed Candlelight Nursing School Stanger Sub-Campus
  • D.T. Institute of Nursing – Main Campus
  • D.T. Institute of Nursing – Ixopo Sub-Campus
  • Ekukhanyeni Nursing School
  • Emnambithi New Horizon Nursing School
  • Gandhi – Mandela Nursing Academy
  • JMM Nursing School
  • Ludumo Nursing School
  • Masizakhe Nursing School
  • McCord Hospital
  • Vuka Ukhanye Nursing School
  • Michaelmas Nursing School – PMB Main Campus
  • Michaelmas Nursing School – Durban Campus
  • Michaelmas Nursing School – Ixopo Campus
  • Midlands School of Nursing
  • Mpumalanga Institute of Nursing
  • Ndumiso Nursing School
  • Netcare Education (Durban)
  • ABH Nursing School
  • Oceanview Nursing School
  • Protea Nursing School
  • Saint Ambrose Nursing School
  • Sakhisizwe Nursing School
  • Shekinah Nursing School
  • St Mary’s Marianhill Nursing School
  • Sizanesu Nursing Training Institute

Eastern Cape Province

  • Netcare Education: Eastern Cape (PE)
  • Chatsmed Candlelight – Mthatha Nursing School
  • Life College East London Learning Centre
  • Lunghile Nursing School (East London)

Your Choice Of Programme Determines How Long You Spend In A Nursing Institution In South Africa

There are various nursing programs that are available to prospective learners in South Africa. So, how long you spend in a nursing college or school is determined by the type of program you choose.

For instance, if you want to go for a Higher Certificate in Auxiliary Nursing, you will spend just one year in school. For a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Sciences, the duration is four years while it will take you three years to obtain a Diploma in Nursing.

If you have obtained your diploma in nursing or bachelor’s degree and wish to undertake an advanced course in nursing – ie the Post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Nursing, it will take you one year to do so.

A Breakdown Of Nursing Fees In South Africa

The cost of study as a nurse in South Africa depends on the nursing program you are studying. Below is a breakdown of the fees, as detailed by the South African Nursing Council.OctoO

Basic Diplomas:

  • Diploma in Nursing (General. Community, Psychiatry) and Midwifery: Four Years: R425
  • Diploma in General Nursing Science (bridging Course): Two Years: R683
  • Diploma in One Year Midwifery: One Year: R254


  • Post Graduate – R6000 Per Annum
  • 4 Year Diploma – R6000 Per Annum
  • Bridging Programme for Enrolled Nurses – 1st Year: R3000; 2nd Year: R4000

Certificate Programmes:

  • Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary (ENA): One Year: R2176
  • Enrolled Nursing (EN): Two Years: R2175

Post Registration Programmes:

  • 1 Year Diploma in Midwifery – R6000 Per Annum
  • 1 Year Diploma in Community Nursing Science – R3000 Per Annum

Enrollment Programmes (Certificate Courses):

Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary – R 3000 Per Annum
Enrolled Nursing – 1st Year: R3000, 2nd Year: R4000

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